I am in the middle of a chest infection which has, of course, exacerbated my asthma. I keep preds and clarithromycin at home, and started them last Friday at the usual dose. I neb with salbutomol and atrovent when I get an exacerbation. By early Saturday morning, I was fairly convinced that I was going to have to go to hospital (it has been a bit of a miracle staying out since January.....). However, I decided that I was panicking a wee bit, and should persevere on my meds a few days longer. (My PF was a respectable 240/250 out of a best 350/360, so I wasn't hugely worried about that. My temp was 38, but came down to 36.6 in the course of the day). I suppose what I am saying is that I invariably KNOW when things have got so bad that I need to go in, and I trust my own judgement (together with that of my partner).
I am so glad that I didn't arange an ambulance, because I know that they would have admitted me when I went in through A&E . I got my GP out on a house-call yesterday, more because I needed another script for clarithromycin than anything else, and the receptionists would have caused a kerfuffle about me asking for it on the phone. One of the GP's is a very, very cautious doctor who checks prescriptions 3 times before she hands them over, writes down every word you say verbatim, can't process more than two pieces of information at any one time, won't make ANY decisions about ANYTHING without asking you to check it with the consultant, and generally appears very nervous all the time. (That apart, she's nice!!!).
So, I had hoped against hope it wouldn't be her who was sent out, but of course it was. And of course, she wanted to send me to hospital. I assured her that I did not feel sick enough to go. (It would have been a waste of NHS resources for me to go). She accepted this OK, with the caveat that I phone 999 if things got worse, which I assured her I would.
ANYWAY, and this is me FINALLY getting to the point, she did not have a portable sats monitor in her bag, which I don't think is right (surely all GP's doing house calls should carry one in their bag?). She agreed with me, and also said she thought that ""responsible"" asthma patients should have a sats machine at home. I have long thought this - knowing what your oxygen saturation is, is surely a key indicator of whether you need hospital or not? (Perhaps not a one off reading, but a number of readings over the space of 6 or 12 hours). I have looked at the cost of them online, but they are too expensive for me to purchase. I have noticed that some people on here have them at home. Did you get them ""prescribed"" for you, or on loan, or did you have to purchase them yourselves? Plus, do you think that being able to know what your sats are gives you a good indication of whether or not you have to go into hospital (or not, as the case may be?
Whew, I am sorry that was a long road for a short-cut.........If you have managed to read up to this point without your ears bleeding, I would be very grateful for your response.